Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

Wood chips in a bag target?

Messages posted to thread:
texbow2 10-Jul-18
rock74 10-Jul-18
GF 10-Jul-18
eddie c 10-Jul-18
sir misalots 10-Jul-18
Jon Stewart 10-Jul-18
2 bears 10-Jul-18
James 10-Jul-18
texbow2 10-Jul-18
longbowguy 11-Jul-18
Therifleman 12-Jul-18
Red Beastmaster 12-Jul-18
George D. Stout 13-Jul-18
Huntdux 13-Jul-18
From: texbow2
Date: 10-Jul-18

Just got done running some cut limbs thru the wood chipper. Will these make OK filling for one of the stuff it yourself bag targets?

From: rock74
Date: 10-Jul-18

I wouldn't advise it, they will hold water get moldy and attract bugs - termites and may destroy your arrows being compressed in a sack.

From: GF
Date: 10-Jul-18

Set up a backstop & find out!

I’d think the chips would get heavy when wet and most likely would become a skeeter breeder, so I think I’d pass on that, but if you live somewhere good & dry...

OTOH, the wetter they are, the better they should work.

From: eddie c
Date: 10-Jul-18

i dont see it holding water any worse than plastic bags and shrink wrap plastic stuffed in a bag. but i do see the chips scratching the finish on the arrow shafts.

From: sir misalots
Date: 10-Jul-18

If the chips are small I say why not? they may wear finish more if arrows are wood

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 10-Jul-18

We used excelsior bales for many years.They are a soft wood shaving so would think if you kept water off it they would work.

From: 2 bears
Date: 10-Jul-18

Excelsior bales are hard to beat. It would depend on how fine the chips are & if you have them protected from the weather. >>>----> Ken

From: James
Date: 10-Jul-18

I wouldn`t want to shoot my arrows into wood chips for lots of reasons, but if you want to use it for mulch, use the pine, insects hate pine because of the sap. Pine makes the best mulch for around you house.

From: texbow2
Date: 10-Jul-18

The chips are small,more like mulch than blocks.... off a 10hp chipper. I think I'll give it try and keep the target covered/dry. I shoot carbon, I'll just keep an eye on the finish. Thanks

From: longbowguy
Date: 11-Jul-18

As mentioned excelsior, wood shavings, a common packing material before the days of plastic, worked very well back in the day. My guess is that your fine chips might also work well. Excelsior worked best if kept a bit damp to avoid brittleness.

Kindly let us know how it works for you. - lbg

From: Therifleman
Date: 12-Jul-18


From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 12-Jul-18

Let the chips fall where they may.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jul-18

Unless they are compressed well, you may still have air spaces between the wood particles, and that could allow for pass through shots. I would be very careful about back cover in that instance. The old excelsior bales were compressed and it was cut like hay or straw is so it would tighten significantly when banded. They were and still are great when done that way.

From: Huntdux
Date: 13-Jul-18

You could leave it outside and when it wore out you would have some good compost. Then make another one and start over.

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